Normally at this time of year Bourne Hall is getting ready to host Herald of Spring with What’s On In Epsom Spring Craft Fair but like most events since March 2020 this will not be taking place this year. Today in the fight against Covid a new Asymptomatic Coronavirus test centre has opened at Bourne Hall for those essential workers who are not tested in the workplace and show no signs of any symptoms. I went along to get tested and to show you what to expect.
To get a test you must book via Surrey County Council website CLICK HERE The site also has information on who can have the test.
The first thing to note is that the Car Park at Bourne Hall is still pay and display so you will need to allow for this on your arrival. If you have Ring Go on your phone you can pay via the app.
Entrance to the test centre is to the left of the main entrance, the main entrance is for click and collect from the library, At the entrance to the site you are met and shown to the Registration area.
Here you will need to show proof of your address, tests are for residents of Surrey, and your test booking. Staff are on hand to sign you in. Once completed you will be shown to one of the 10 bays for your test.
Here you will be explained the test procedure and you start by blowing your nose. Once you are happy to start you will be handed a swab. Holding the swab in your hand, you open your mouth wide and gently rub the swab’s fabric tip over both tonsils at the back of the throat for 10 seconds, I must say I don’t like this bit at all, Once completed you put the same end of the swab gently into one of your nostril until you feel some resistance. Rotate the swab for 10 to 15 seconds and slowly remove it.
You then place the swab in the tube provided and break off the tip of the swab and hand back to the member of staff. The test is now complete and you are shown the way out at the other end of the hall turning left down the corridor and back out into the car park near the Way Out gate of Bourne Hall.
I did noticed on my way out that the bays are cleaned thoroughly after each person has been tested and from the time you enter the building till the time you leave you are required to wear a face mask.
I was in and out in no time at all with the result texted to my phone after 30 mins. I must say the staff are very helpful, friendly and understanding.
As well as Bourne Hall you can also have your test done at Nima Pharmacy in Stoneleigh
For More Information or To Book A Test CLICK HERE
A big thank you to Ben and the team at Bourne Hall and to Surrey County Council for allowing us to visit and take photos.
Oh and by the way I tested negative…..